Chamber News

Connecting Business and Community Since 1947

Coldwater, Michigan October 2015

Our mission is to improve the business environment and quality of life through promotion, development, support, educational partnerships and influence of activities and organizations.

Career Day Speakers Wanted

The chamber is looking for speakers in a variety of professions to spend a morning at the Branch Area Career Center to speak to 9th grade students from Coldwater, Quincy, Bronson, Pansophia and BACC who have expressed an interest in your area of expertise! If you would like to participate on Friday, Nov. 6th from 7:45-11:30am, please contact the Chamber at 517.278.5985 for more information.

Marketing Workshop with The Daily Reporter

The Chamber is pleased to report that over 60 guests were in attendance for the marketing workshop offered last week sponsored by The Daily Reporter. Speakers Joe DeBiak and and Shelly Fox presented ways to grow your business thru powerful print and digital techniques that are proven to work. If you missed this opportunity and are looking for ways to grow your business, contact The Daily Reporter today to meet with a member of their team!

LUNCHEON SEMINAR: Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents & Other Intellectual Property

Learn how to protect your intellectual property during this 2-hr lunch seminar!

Whether your intellectual property is a trademark, copyright, domain name, trade secret, propietary technology or other type of valuable know-how, you'll want to attend this seminar. For many businesses, their intellectual property is their most valued asset.

Attorney Michael Caywood of Dresser, Dresser, Haas & Caywood, P.C. will lead attendees through the topics in a general and business manner, enabling them to have a better undersrtanding of intellectual property and how to protect their interest and benefits!

Registration & more info here


Monday, November 23rd

CHC Conference Center:
11:00 AM - Seminar Begins
11:45 PM - Lunch
12:15 PM - Seminar Continues
1:00 PM - Release / Networking

$10.00 includes lunch

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A Message from Chamber Chairman, Curtis MacRae

Here’s an offer: If you are not a Chamber member, you can join now, and your membership will extend to this time next year; it doesn’t expire at year-end as it used to. So, if you haven’t joined, you can now to pick your join-date, and your renewal can be scheduled when it’s best for you and your business.

And, that’s just one minor Chamber change since the beginning of 2014. You read it here last month (at least, I hope you did), that I believe EVERY business, every non-profit, every organization in this community should be a part of the Chamber. By joining, for a cost of less than $25/month, your organization demonstrates that it supports other businesses, champions the community, is a team player, and wants to be a part of a growing economy. For another $5-$6/month you can get all kinds of Chamber marketing benefits. Who wouldn’t take advantage of that?

Let’s take a look at what this organization does and how it impacts business, the economy, and Coldwater, and Branch County, and how it’s been enhanced in the past year+.

While the Chamber has made several improvements over the past few years, I’m going to concentrate on changes since 2014 so you can see the dramatic recent impact that this organization has had.

  • The Board hired Nichole Steel as executive director – if you haven’t had a chance to experience Nichole’s impact, you’re missing out; Nichole is a dynamic, creative, hard-working, enthusiastic, charismatic, idea person, who’s putting her new ideas to work for business and for the community.
  • We retained Jamie Bracy in a part time role to do marketing and design projects for the Chamber – you’ve seen a lot of her work this year, and it is professional and artistic.
  • Our Board has evolved, with strong, new members from a cross-section of business, non-profit and community members, and a strong succession plan has been put in place to maintain strong leadership.
  • The Downtown Business Association (DBA) viewed our progress, and committed to “merge” its team and programs with the Chamber, adding strength and cutting costs in the process -- StrawberryFest, AppleFest, Entertainment Under the Stars, and all DBA events are now coordinated by the Chamber with support from those who always supported those events.
  • Our City government team and the Downtown Development Association (DDA) have gotten more involved in Chamber activities and have taken pro-active steps to support the Chamber’s goals.
  • The Coldwater Country Conference & Visitors Bureau has moved its physical office into the Chamber building, allowing for more synergy between the two groups and their leaders, and fostering a shared emphasis on common projects.
  • The Chamber has enhanced their Business for Breakfasts and After-Hours networking events by reducing their quantity, but enhancing their quality; and members and non-members are all welcome -- and, we have added some educational and learning events that are also provided to non-members as well as members.
  • A Farmers Market was added this summer, and while the Chamber is not the sole organizer, Nichole and her team have played a major role in this new project – vendor participation is growing, and we’ve had as many as 1,000 attendees on a Saturday morning (stop by for quality products and listen to good music).
  • And, we continue to coordinate the Ornament Auction, the annual Awards dinner, the Chamber Golf outing, and several other events to celebrate and enhance business.
  • In an effort to be as open as possible, we have scheduled 5-6 dates per year when the Chamber Director, Board, and Ambassadors will be available to sit in an informal setting (no agenda -- cinnamon rolls and coffee/juice provided) for 60-90 minutes – we’re listening to YOU; the next one is October 27 (7:30 - 9:00 a.m.) – stop by the Chamber office and listen and/or be heard.
  • We’ll continue to write this column and/or you can hear Nichole on the radio regularly – we want you to know what’s going on here.

So, please support your Chamber (it is your Chamber) and please support your Chamber members; they’re involved, committed, and a they are a plus for this community.

Curt MacRae is the chair of the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also owns Curtis Funding Group (, a Chamber member that provides equipment leasing & financing funds for businesses to acquire new/used equipment. His office is located in the Chamber Building.

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BCCADV Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 5-7pm

CHC Conference Center

Join the staff & board members of BCCADV as we celebrate 32 years of service to Branch county.

Hor d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided along with stations highlighting every service within the agency.

Community Development Block Grant Presentation

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 10am

1 Grand Street

Coldwater, MI

The City of Coldwater invites you to their Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund Presentation! MORE INFO

QHS Homecoming

Friday, Oct. 16th, 5pm

Quincy, MI, United States

Quincy, MI

Quincy High School's Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Quincy will be playing Concord. Homecoming Parade will begin at 5:30 pm. Parade lineup will start at 5:00 pm at Jennings Elementary on Liberty Street. Parade route will be Liberty St. to Fulton to US 12 then down US 12 to Pleasant and back to Liberty. Come out and support our school.

Fall Color Run Train Rides

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 11am

29 West Park Avenue

Coldwater, MI

Enjoy a spectacular afternoon train ride aboard the Little River Railroad for our Fall Color Run October 18th & 25th. Pass through the country side, hear the sound of the steam whistle go off at every railroad crossing, and see the colorful trees. Pumpkins and gourds will be for sale at the Quincy platform upon arrival. Kids can play at the playground. Both steam locomotives will be double heading these rides so bring your camera. Train departs Coldwater station, 29 W. Park Ave. Coldwater, MI, at 11AM and 2PM. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure, reservations suggested. Dress according to the weather.
** There are two runs on each day an 11AM and a 2PM ride.** MORE INFO

Ribbon Cutting at North Woods Coffee Co

Monday, Oct. 26th, 4:30-5:15pm

34 West Chicago Street

Coldwater, MI

The Chamber invites you to join us at North Woods Coffee Co for a special ribbon cutting event to celebrate new ownership, a new ice cream counter and menu! Show your support for our local businesses and join us in celebrating with the Pavlov family! MORE INFO

Halloween Haunted Forest

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6pm to Friday, Oct. 30th, 9pm

Rotary Park, Coldwater, MI, United States

Coldwater, MI

Mark your calendars.....We are getting ready for our 2nd annual Halloween Haunted Forest on Oct. 29, and 30. MORE INFO

6-7pm less scary
7-9pm scary

$4.00 adult
$3.00 student

Quincy's Halloween Parade & Safe Treat

Saturday, Oct. 31st, 6pm

South Main Street

Quincy, MI

Float lineup starts at 5pm at Jennings Elementary on Liberty Street. Parade route is Fulton to Jefferson to Main to Liberty. Trick or Treat immediately following until 8pm. MORE INFO

Coldwater's Halloween Parade & Trick-or-Treating

Saturday, Oct. 31st, 5-8pm

West Chicago Street

Coldwater, MI

This year's Halloween parade theme is "Things that Glow in the Night". Enter your float today. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place juried winners. Join us for an evening of fun in Coldwater. MORE INFO

Schedule of Events:

5-6:30p - Trick-or-Treating

6:30p - Parade Line-up on N. Hudson St

7:30p - Halloween Parade Starts

Along W Chicago Street from Hudson to Pierson Street, Downtown Coldwater

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The Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the business environment and quality of life through promotion, development, support, educational partnerships and influence of activities and organizations.

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